7 Mind-blowing Tips to Cut your Packing in Half

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Travel may be wonderful in theory, but there is a lot more than just packing up and relaxing on the beach. Due to security regulations, there are so many new rules that many people are not aware of when going through airport security. There are also many new restrictions on luggage weight and size. Always check ahead of time to see how much weight you can bring and how many suitcases you are able to bring on board the flight. The most common weight it 20KG but it does always differ among airlines, some less, some more. Though there are so many rules to packing your bag now-a-days, I have a list of 7 mind blowing travel items that will cut your packing size in half.

1. Traveler’s Micro Fiber Towel  These micro fiber towels use to be rather expensive but have no become increasingly popular among travelers that the prices are dropping lower and they are becoming more readily available online and in various travel stores across the globe. The material is extremely absorbent and also extremely quick to dry. Whether backpacking or headed to a luxury resort, these towels will be your prize possession when it comes to bathing and swimming. They are small in size, but don’t be fooled, they are better than the average towel and are less than a quarter of the size of a regular towel.

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2. Traveler’s Cubes  Relatively new to the travel store world are the packing cubes. They are typically offered in many different colors, shapes and sizes for your specific requirements. Though it is difficult to explain the cubes convenience in a blog, a neat way to really get excited about this new travel piece is to view some of the packing videos via YouTube. You will be amazed at how much space these cubes can save you and in addition, how organized you will be compared to before.

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3. Leggings instead of jeans  This is a tip that all females (and perhaps males as well) should keep in mind when packing for trips. Jeans are extremely heavy, not to mention hard to dry. Try switching out your jeans for leggings or even jeggings (leggings that look like jeans). You will save much more space and also have a little more comfort when traveling around.

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4. Traveler’s Fold-able Jacket The travel industry is so large now that you can find travel jackets anywhere and any price. Certain brands like North Face, Columbia and Mountain Equipment Co-op offer warm rain jackets that can fold to fit into the palm of your hand. Trade up the thick bulky jacket and make room in your pack for other more important pieces.

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5. Travel Sized Toiletries  This one trick has been around in the travel books for ages and should still apply to when you’re packing luggage today as well. Nowadays most hotels and hostels will actually provide you with great quality shampoos, soaps, conditioners and lotions. Instead of packing one bottle of shampoo, one bottle of conditioner, one bottle of lotion, etc., try putting all of these into smaller travel sized toiletry containers which you can now conveniently bring on board your carry-on. Here’s a bonus tip: try 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners to save you even more space in your pack!

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6. Packing a Packable Day Bag  Sounds rather odd, doesn’t it? The best thing to do when planning to pack a day bag is packing one that folds up small. One that comes highly recommended is something that is just a plain canvas material. Unless you’re planning on taking some big hiking trips, padding and buckles aren’t necessary on basic day trips anyway. A little extra tip is using this ‘just in case’ day pack as a last resource if your luggage is overweight and you want to check another bag. Always try and carry a small, fold-able backpack with you for this instance.

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7. Light Cotton Clothing  Forget about the heavy and bulky dress shirts, t-shirts and cardigans. Packing light cotton clothing will save so much space in your pack. It’s affordable and comfortable when traveling so try and stock up on as much light weight cotton clothing as you can before you depart. The easiest suggestions: cotton ‘travelers pants’ that are becoming increasingly popular today, basic t-shirts and light flowing sheer blouses.

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About the Author: Jenna Davis

I am a 20-something Canadian travel blogger whose home address is as unknown as the next destination I will be visiting. I run my own travel blog at www.giveforgranted.com with a focus on affordable travel and unique experiences. Helping keep our true north strong and free, I have also developed a non-profit organization which supports northern Canadians living in poverty. Give for Granted.

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